College of Allied Health Sciences
Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies

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Certificate Programs

The Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies offers four certificate programs: Military and Trauma Counseling, Substance Abuse Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, and Vocational Evaluation. These programs allow students to acquire core content that may assist in becoming recognized or certified in certain specialized professional practice areas. The certificate is open to individuals with at least a bachelor's degree with a 2.7 GPA, and students enrolled in graduate programs at other universities or individuals with a master's degree from another university. Up to three courses taken as part of a certificate program also count as course credit for students enrolled or subsequently enrolled in graduate degree programs. Students need to apply through the ECU Graduate School and list the specific certificate program;

Military and Trauma Counseling Substance Abuse Counseling
Rehabilitation Counseling Vocational Evaluation


Certificate in Military and Trauma Counseling


The Certificate program in Military and Trauma Counseling (MTC) prepares graduate students enrolled in counselor education programs to work effectively with the psychosocial and mental health needs of military personnel, veterans, disabled veterans, and their families. Students will also acquire the knowledge and skills to work effectively with those who have experienced civilian trauma. The MTC certificate is an all online, 12 semester hour program that requires the completion of the following course work:

ADRE  6000- Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Disability (3): Functional capacities of individuals with disabilities, impact of disability on individual, and personal and social adjustment to life. Offered Fall and Spring semesters.

ADRE 6100- Occupational Analysis and Career Counseling (3): Current occupational, vocational, career counseling, and career development theories and practices related to persons with and without disabilities across the life-span. Offered Fall and Spring semesters.

ADRE 6375- Military and Trauma Counseling (3): Focuses on providing assessment, counseling, rehabilitation, and transitional services to individuals and families in the military, veterans, and/or trauma survivors. Offered Fall and Spring semesters.

Additionally, students are required to complete one three (3) semester hour elective approved by the MTC Certificate Program Coordinator. ADRE 6703 Foundations of Addictions and Clinical Counseling, a recommended elective, is offered all semesters.


To be eligible for the MTC Certificate Program students must be: (a) admitted by the Graduate School as a degree or certificate student and (b) meet the minimum admission criteria including a letter of intent, a GPA of 2.7, and consent of the MTC Program Coordinator.

Students who are currently in a degree program at ECU who wish to add a certificate may do so by submitting an" Add a Certificate" form.  The form is located in Academic Policies and Forms under the New & Current Student tab on the Grad School homepage,  It is electronically forwarded from the degree program, to certificate program, to the  grad school for approval, and then to the Program Coordinator for final acceptance into the MTC Certificate Program.  There is no fee. If a student is not in a degree program at ECU and wants to apply for a certificate, then the regular Graduate School admission process is followed with $70 application fee.

For more information contact Dr. Mark Stebnicki, MTC Program Coordinator-email:, telephone: 252.744.6295. For more extensive information on the Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation visit our website at

MTC Certificate Program Equivalency for DARS Alumni

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Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling

The courses for the Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling provide students with theories and techniques for this specialized area of counseling. These courses meet the academic requirement for the North Carolina Certification as a Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) or Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS). The other criteria for the state issued CSAC and LCAS credentials (e.g. two years of supervised substance abuse counseling practice) can be found on the website of the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board;

The program requires the completion of ADRE 6703, 6793, 6796, and HLTH 6355 (12 sh). Please review the program information sheet for further details.

For more information, contact Dr. W. Leigh Atherton the Substance Abuse Counseling certificate coordinator or 252-744-6290.

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Other Information:

Article from the 2010 Alliance, Certificate Program Combats Substance Abuse

Spring 2015 Newsletter

Fall 2014 E-Newsletter

Fall 2013 E-Newsletter

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Fall 2012 E-Newsletter

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Fall 2011 E-Newsletter

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Fall 2010 E-Newsletter

Spring 2010 E-Newsletter

Current students talk about why they chose the Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling.

Certificate in Vocational Evaluation

The Certificate in Vocational Evaluation provides students with the basic knowledge and professional skills needed to work as an evaluator in applied settings.  The certificate is open to graduate students as well as non-degree students with a baccalaureate degree. The courses meet academic requirements for the Professional Vocational Evaluator (PVE) credential.

The program requires completion of 12 s.h. of coursework.  Required courses include ADRE 6400, 6401 or equivalent,  plus 6 s.h. of electives (usually ADRE 6000 and ADRE 6100 to meet PVE requirements) chosen in consultation with the coordinator, Dr. Steven Sligar ( or 252-744-6293).

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Certificate in Rehabilitation Counseling

The Certificate in Rehabilitation Counseling provides basic knowledge and information needed to work as a professional in this specialized area. The certificate program includes specialized training in Rehabilitation Counseling and may prepare counselors to partially meet the basic academic requirements to be eligible to take the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) Exam. Participants are required to be currently enrolled in a graduate counseling program or may enroll non degree if they possess a graduate degree in counseling.

The certificate program requires a minimum of 12 s.h. in the following courses: ADRE 6000, 6010, 6100 and 3 s.h. of electives. Selected electives should be chosen in consultation with the certificate coordinator. The list of appropriate electives is available from the certificate coordinator and may be selected after consultation with the requirements of the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification.

For more information contact Dr. Susan Sherman, Coordinator of the Rehabilitation Counseling Certificate at or by phone at (252) 744-6294.

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Certificate programs should not be confused with any state or national certification or license.

The following document provides a model for listing certificate programs versus professional credentials on a resume/vita:
DARS' Graduate Certificate Programs Disclaimer (pdf)